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KensPost - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Begins: Apr 27, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sat, Dec 28th, 2013

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Electronics for Journey

With the bulk of my important items for my pack already selected, and my pack weight of eight pounds (sans food, water, and fuel), I have finally identified my electronics for the journey. My total weight for electronics is 4.6 ounces for one "smart-phone" which with GPS, Camera, Music and audio-books will last for two weeks on one-battery.

The only electronic devices I am bringing are my cheap "regular" Casio watch, and my "old" LG Optimus V Android smart-phone. The phone will not be activated. It is only going to be used for: GPS, Halfmile App, Topos; Documents, notes, PDFs; Camera; Audio-books; Calculators; and other "non-internet connected apps"; and Twitter, and Internet Browser when the rare WIFI signal is available.

Why the LG Optimus V? First, I already have it (never activated with Virgin Mobile either). I've used it like a mini-tablet and GPS only; Second, it only weighs 4.5 oz and the battery is designed to be replaceable! Just pop off the back, and slap in a new one ounce battery. I only have the one battery, but I will be buying two more for my journey ($ 7 each with shipping).

I am currently doing battery-life testing, and it is VERY impressive. First, I have the cell-radio disabled (airplane-mode). Next, no other radios running (WIFI, bluetooth and GPS all off). When I need GPS, I tap the icon on the screen, a few seconds later, I have a GPS location or my "Halfmile" App position.

I have been using this phone for the past six days and I still have 63% battery life left. In my testing I have taken a dozen way-points a day, took a dozen photos each day, and played one-hour of an audio-book each day (with headphones). I've also done other things like browsed the web for 10 minutes every other day, and dowloaded the halfmile app. So, it looks like I should be able to get 14 days out of one 1-oz battery.

I plan to set up mail-drops for two batteries, so I don't even need to "haul" the extra two-ounces for two batteries with me. I may bring one-along for a spare, since it is only one-ounce.

I do not need to bring any charger or cables (except headphones

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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